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Conscientise The Public Before Implementing STEM

The Pro-vice chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University GA applauded the government's intention to introduce an educational reforms which will focus on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

As to how to attain proper implementation, Dr. Justice  Solomon Korantwi-Barimah entreated government to embark on series of public interactions which will help conscientize the citizens on the need to recommend technological and technical education for their wards.

"Due to the erroneous impression created about the technical and science related courses, the government has to educate the public in order to lure them to sync into its laudable idea of roping people into the STEM" Dr. Korantwi-Barima observed.

He also noted that the government needs to intensify the study of the STEM IN the colleges of Education to arouse the interest of the trainee teachers to prioritize teaching and learning STEM  at the basic school at well as the provision of facilities and logistics for the basic schools.

The ebullient technologist noted that, it's high time technical institutions laze with industries to enquire the type of human resource to influence them (Technical Institutions) on the reciprocating courses to be taught. This he believes will eradicate  the canker of technical graduate unemployment just as it happened when the technical universities were polytechnics.

"We have to contact the industries for them to prescribe to the type of expertise they need so that we train our students to meet the job market. Polytechnics couldn't survive the test of time because we couldn't we were training square pegs to fit the round holes of the outside job market" he revealed. 

In conclusion Dr. Korantwi-Barima recounted some of the inventions from the Electrical Engineering department of the University which are basic essential artifacts which were exhibited during the maiden exhibition of the department earlier this year.

"Electronic Eye, power factor Control  Factor system, Wireless Power Transmission, Water Level Controller, Password Controlled System,E-voting system Stun Gun or Teaser Voltage Stabilizers, Transformers and  Automatic room light controller are few of these basic essential artifacts the department has invented" he said.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has indicated that, as part of the educational reforms being undertaken by his government, he has directed the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry responsible for Science and Technology to draw up programmes to strengthen and upscale the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) right from the basic level.
According to President Akufo-Addo, it is the aim of his government to enroll more science students in the country’s educational system, “so as to achieve our initial target of 60% science students in our technical institutions.”

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